Lennon's first home makes £480,000
John Lennon's modest first home has sold for almost half a million pounds - despite going on the market for just £150,000.
The property at 9 Newcastle Road in Wavertree, Liverpool, where the Beatles singer-songwriter lived from his birth in 1940, went for £480,000 at auction in the Cavern Club.
An anonymous American fan of the Fab Four placed the winning bid over the phone, exceeding by far the guide price set at between £150,000 and £250,000.
The then suburban red brick terraced home where John's mother Julia brought up her first-born son is just a stone's throw away from Penny Lane, which inspired the famous Beatles track.
It boasts a lounge, upstairs family bathroom, a sitting room, family room and kitchen which leads to a walled yard round the back.
John made reference to the house later in life, and was quoted as saying: "I lived in 9 Newcastle Road. I was born on the 9 of October. It's just a number that follows me around."
The previous owner told the Liverpool Echo: "I'll be sad to leave John Lennon's first home but I am retired now and would really like a property with a bigger garden.
"I have made sure original features have been preserved so that they reflect the 1960s period, when the Beatles wowed the whole world with their rock and roll music."
John's second home - Mendips, on Menlove Avenue in Woolton - was last year given Grade II listed status by English Heritage.